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Jiuhua jisheng 九華紀勝

Oct 10, 2019 © Ulrich Theobald

Jiuhua jisheng 九華紀勝 is a geographical description of Mt. Jiuhua in Anhui written during the late Qing period 清 (1644-1911) by Chen Wei 陳蔚 (early 19th cent.), who also wrote a similar text about Mt. Qishan in Anhui called Qishan yandong zhi 齊山巖洞志.

The book of 23 juan is based on a number of older texts, as those of Su Wanmin 蘇萬民 and Gu Yuanjing 顧元鏡 (d. 1650) from the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) and those of Wu Guangxi 吳光錫 and Li Can 李燦 from the early Qing period. Chen Wei used these texts critically, quoted from the best passages, but also added the results of his own studies and observations.

The book was first printed in 1862. It begins with a map and a general description, then quotes a selection of ancient poems and prose writings on the mountain, before going into detailed descriptions of the landscape and the buildings erected there over the centuries. The book closes with a descriptions local products and miscellaneous themes.

Source:
Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文郁, ed. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 1084.